Origin of pugnaciousfrom Classical Latin pugnax, combative from pugnare, to fight ( from Indo-European base an unverified form peu?-, to punch from source Classical Greek pygm?, fist, Classical Latin pungere, to pierce) + -ous
Grant found his pugnacious teenage son difficult to reason with in regards to the rules.
An example of pugnacious is the small dog who barks and nips at the other dogs in the park.
Origin of pugnaciousFrom Latin pugnāx pugnāc- from pugnāre to fight from pugnus fist ; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
- pug·na′cious·ness pug·nac′i·ty
(comparative more pugnacious, superlative most pugnacious)
- Squirrels are restless, courageous and pugnacious little animals.
- It is exceedingly fierce and pugnacious, the males especially fighting with each other for possession of the females.
- It is a clever, agile and powerful dog, extremely pugnacious in disposition.
- This suggests that the resemblance to the pugnacious drongo may be beneficial in protecting the defenceless cuckoo from enemies.
- Sudanese are very excitable and apt to get out of hand; unlike the fellahs they are not fond of drill, and are slow to acquire it; but their dash, pugnacious instincts and desire to close with an enemy, are valuable military qualities.